Bin Laden Raid Architect: ‘The Last Thing He Saw Was an American, That’s What’s Important’

mcravenOne very fascinating part of CNN’s We Got Him Osama bin Laden raid documentary tonight––marking exactly five years since the terrorist leader was finally eliminated––was the bit that focused on bin Laden’s final moments.

Ex-Navy Admiral William McRaven, considered the “architect” of the raid, revealed to CNN’s Peter Bergen that the mission had not been considered a “straight-to-kill mission.” He said if bin Laden’s hands had been up and they were sure he didn’t have a suicide vest on, SEAL Team Six was told “you have an obligation to capture him.”

Bergen wondered why bin Laden didn’t fight back before remarking, “As a SEAL yourself, it must give you a sense of satisfaction to know that the last thing he saw on this earth was a SEAL.”

“Well,” McRaven said, “I’m sure he probably didn’t know it was a SEAL, which was fine by us. But I think probably more importantly is that the last thing he saw was an American, that’s what’s important.”

President Obama himself said hopefully bin Laden realized in that moment the American people never forgot the innocents he sent out people to kill.

Watch above, via CNN.

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